Steve Carlson

Steve Carlson

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  • Shatter Dead

    Shatter Dead

    ★★★★

    One thing I've learned about myself while immersed in the world of SOV is that I no longer really give a tin shit whether or not something is narratively coherent or how formally impressive it is or isn't if, at bottom, it makes emotional sense to me. Shatter Dead is better made than most at this level because Scooter McCrae is a thoughtful dude with a number of strong ideas and a visual sense that finds striking images whenever he…

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  • Vampires vs. Zombies

    Vampires vs. Zombies

    I suppose I should be grateful that they didn't go for yet another stiff-limbed rendition of the Le Fanu perennial. But I don't think this rudderless rubber-reality crap is any better. The zombies show up about as often as the rats in The Rats Are Coming! The Werewolves Are Here! and serve about as important a function in the narrative.

  • Red Lips

    Red Lips

    ★★★½

    Yeah, so this thing is legit. Moves like its ass is on fire, which can't be said of any of the other Farmer films I've seen. And the Chasun/Bauer dynamic is terrific.

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  • Beyond the Black Rainbow

    Beyond the Black Rainbow

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Rather than a proper review, I'd like to address something I've been seeing a lot vis-a-vis this here movie. In other words, I'm about to break this shit down real small.

    Great visual experience, but oh that ending! That seems to be a standard knock on Panos Cosmatos's sumptuous, thrilling sensory blast Beyond the Black Rainbow, to where even its champions feel like apologizing the last fifteen away. Nuts to that. Its ending is terrific, a sudden disorienting gearshift that…

  • Kung Fury

    Kung Fury

    ½

    Creatively bankrupt dead-eyed smug garbage masquerading as nostalgia-humping homage. Fuck this. Fuck all of this. Fuck everything it represents.